Insurrectionist acts in Washington, D.C.

Violence of any kind is, of course, to be condemned but the acts committed in Washington, D.C. on January 6 are seditious and without comparison in modern history.

To attack our nation’s Capitol in an attempt to stop the lawful transfer of power is not protest. It is not free speech. It is not civil disobedience. It is insurrection and it should be treated as such. All those who participated, supported, incited or encouraged this action should be brought to account and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

This lawless behavior was the inevitable result of the failure of Republican leaders and elected officials to set an example and speak honestly about President Trump to members of their own party. Most did not have the courage of leaders like the late Senator John McCain to stand up to Trump. America has been diminished by their inaction and cowardice.

Past failures to bring those in power to account for their actions is why this happened. Failure to do so again will only invite further attempts to overthrow our democracy and destroy our nation.

158 new cases on Dec. 1: Yellow zones are coming…

Tuesday was a terrible day for Dutchess County with 158 new positive cases reported… but is that real? Is it because of Thanksgiving or is there a better explanation? But the big spike in hospitalizations is definitely real. I discuss the latest numbers and then just past the 5 minute mark try to explain yellow, orange and red zones and how they’ll impact schools as NY’s second surge continues.

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Vote YES on Prop 1

I fought hard in 2019 to get true Independent Redistricting for Dutchess County, to end the corrupt gerrymandering of our legislative districts. We succeeded in getting it before the voters in 2020.

The change is now on your ballot for an up-or-down vote. Please turn over your ballot and vote YES on the independent reapportionment commission. It’s not perfect but it’s much better than what we have today.

How can you get tested for Covid-19?

“Where can I go to get tested?” “I’m worried and I want a test.”

Testing is STILL NOT AVAILABLE ON DEMAND. There is still a terrible shortage of tests, especially north of the city.

Two collection sites are available for pre-screened people suspected of having COVID-19 to give a specimen sample for a test. These are not testing sites. Testing is done offsite and results are not immediately available.

The collection site is ONLY for people who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. You called your doctor’s office and had a consultation.
  2. Based on your symptoms and other information you provided, your doctor determined you meet criteria for COVID-19 testing and ordered a test for you.
  3. You have a scheduled appointment at the collection site. Your doctor will give you the phone number to call to schedule an appointment at the collection site.

So contact your doctor.

Munn urges public: Cover your nose/mouth

Everyone – even those who are considered “low risk” – should act as if they are contagious and wear a nose/mouth covering if you must go places (like the supermarket or pharmacy or even the park) where others are present.

This will reduce the transmission of the virus from you to others by catching droplets in your breath. You don’t need a surgical mask. A scarf, an old T-shirt cut in a strip or bandana will suffice.

I also urge all local businesses that are still open to have their employees do the same and to require all visitors to wear face protection.

This should be done countywide and statewide.